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middle class

A country-dependent term of art broadly defined as the socioeconomic stratum between the working class and upper class. The middle class in the UK includes those who own a home and often another elsewhere (e.g., in Spain, Florida or France), go on regular holidays, have a good education and are firmly ensconced in well-paid, secure managerial or professional posts (e.g., medical doctors with the National Health Service). The upper class in the UK is comprised of aristocrats, landed gentry, and titled individuals.
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These types of business were patronised by the wives of "tradesmen and mechanics" and the lower middle classes, and they made all parts of the garment, including the simple but labour-intensive skirt.
Despite its manifestly exploitative character - which was well understood and commonly lamented by contemporaries(36) - an apprenticeship in a dressmaking or millinery establishment was sought by the lower middle classes and especially by the aspirant working classes as a desirable career route for single daughters.

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